Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota
For Immediate Release
Thursday, January 12, 2017
, United States Attorney
Andrew M. Luger
Contact: Ben Petok
Minneapolis Man Sentenced to 195 Months in Prison for Drug Distribution and Unlawful Possession of Firearms
St. Paul Field Division
United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger announced the sentencing of EUGENE RYAN BOOS, 44, to 195 months in prison after pleading guilty on August 15, 2016, to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. BOOS was sentenced before Senior U.S. District Judge David S. Doty in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn.
“Eugene Boos is a dangerous, repeat offender,” said James Modzelewski, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge. “Getting him off the streets is critical to keeping our communities safe. I want to commend the Hennepin and Anoka County Sheriff’s Offices for their contributions in this case. ATF will continue to partner with all Minnesota law enforcement to reduce gun-related violent crimes.”
According to BOOS’ guilty plea and documents filed in court, on December 10, 2014, while BOOS was on felony supervised release from the Minnesota Department of Corrections for a 1994 second-degree murder conviction, officers with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office seized from the defendant’s home three firearms, ammunition, 132.5 grams of highly pure methamphetamine, digital scales, packaging materials, over 100 controlled substance pills, and more than $12,000 hidden in a speaker.
According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, in addition to the aforementioned contraband, BOOS possessed additional quantities of methamphetamine and materials commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine in the garage of the residence. In fact, the strong chemical odor of ammonia emanating from the garage was so overwhelming that officers summoned a haz-mat cleanup team to respond to the residence and properly dispose of the hazardous chemicals.
According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, among the firearms that BOOS illegally possessed were a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun with an obliterated serial number and a stolen .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Benjamin Bejar and was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in collaboration with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.
EUGENE RYAN BOOS, 44
- Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, 1 count
- Possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, 1 count
- 195 months in prison
- Supervised release for a term of five years